Steven Gerrard backs Jack Wilshere to reach 100 England caps

Steven Gerrard backs Jack Wilshere to notch up at least 100 England caps and succeed him as the captain of the Three Lions

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Jack Wilshere missed the whole of the 2011-12 season through injury Photo: Nike

Steven Gerrard has backed Jack Wilshere to notch up at least 100 England appearances and succeed him as the captain of the national team.

The Liverpool midfielder is a huge admirer of the Arsenal youngster, who so far has seven England caps to his name.

And Gerrard, 33, was gushing with praise for the 21-year old midfielder ahead of England’s friendly against Scotland on Wednesday.

“His quality, his example in training every day, he seems a level-headed kid, he wants to learn, he loves England, he’s going to be around the top for a long, long time,” Gerrard is quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.

“He ticks a lot of boxes when it comes down to other players following his lead. Obviously I’m really paranoid about putting too much pressure on any player, especially Jack, but he certainly has the quality to do that.”

Gerrard added: “I’m sure once he gets to my age he will probably be sitting in my position with the armband on talking about another 100-cap player – he is that good.”

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